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Welcome to the community for Conceptis fans. We are addicted to picture forming logic puzzles. Happy puzzling!

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Interesting Sites:
*Official Conceptis Site* *Conceptis Forum* *Puzzle Japan*
Current Month
Sep. 28th, 2007 @ 07:45 pm New puzzles in Conceptis
Conceptis is adding again a new puzzle in their growing selection. Hashi (Bridges) is a number logic puzzle, but in my opinion one of the best in that gategory. They are not among weekly puzzles yet, but they have been added to the products page:

Worth to try :)
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Sep. 20th, 2007 @ 07:41 am Conceptis update
Current Mood: excitedexcited
I have recently joined LiveJournal and noticed that this community has barely  been alive.
Besides Conceptis puzzles (mostly picture logic but also the number logic) I also love the people behind these puzzles. I visited Israel last summer and had the fabulous chance to meet most of the Conceptis staff. They really have dedicated their lives to puzzling :)
What I find also unusual is that they still give free access to their website. Their source of income is the magazine publishers but they treat the members of the Conceptis community like we were their best customers.
I wrote a brief story about the new website coming soon in my blog, check that out.

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Feb. 7th, 2006 @ 02:48 pm Apologies
As you may have noticed i haven't been particulary active in maintaining this community. I wish to apologise but i will not be able to for the forseable future. I'm in my final year of my degree and there's just too much stuff to do in real life.

If anyone wants to take over from me as maintainer, or any ideas to make the community more active please comment.

Happy puzzling.
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Dec. 31st, 2005 @ 01:14 pm Greetings.
Hey folks, new here.

Big fan of these picture puzzles, and have been since first finding them through Nintendo's Picross games for the Game Boy and Super Famicom (SNES) a few years ago. I'm hoping they'll revive the puzzles for the DS because working them with a stylus and touchscreen would make plenty of sense.

Anyone know of any mobile phone versions of these puzzles out there? I see Sudoku mobile games a dime a dozen, but I haven't found anything as far as Nonograms/Griddlers/Picross games for any cell phone, much less one compatible with a Sony Ericsson T637. If anyone can point me in the right direction I'd be in much appreciation.
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more bible less music
Oct. 3rd, 2005 @ 02:30 pm Magazine Review: Blue Ribbon Sudoku, Volume 1
Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: Minna Daisuki Katamari - Katamari on the Swing
Desert SnowmanBlue Ribbon Sudoku Puzzles
Publisher: Kappa Publishing
Frequency: Bimonthly
Price: $2.95

180 puzzles:
  • 10 Easy
  • 80 Medium
  • 80 Hard
  • 10 Hardest
This is the first magazine in the United States to fully contain only Conceptis Sudoku puzzles. While this is nice to see, I found the magazine disappointing in that there was no variety to the puzzles.

All 180 puzzles were the regular 9x9 puzzles divided into 3x3 boxes. After a few normal Sudoku puzzles, I wanted to try a variant. Something to shake up the monotony a little bit. Perhaps I've been spoiled by Japanese Sudoku magazines, but after doing so many regular puzzles, I wanted to try something different.

However, as with most Conceptis product, I did enjoy the look of the puzzles. They've obviously spent some time creating eye-pleasing number patterns. I swear, you'll see one that you'll just want to do because the pattern is nice.

The paper is the usually American quality newsprint which does not make nice with pencils. Press too hard and you'll rip it. Erase too much and you'll make holes. It's also difficult sometimes to make out what you've written as pencil marks don't show up well. However, if you use pen so that you can see what you've written, you can't correct mistakes easily.

Still, for the money, you get a lot of bang for the buck. A lot of Sudoku books out these days have fewer puzzles for three or four times the price.
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Sep. 23rd, 2005 @ 11:50 am Magazine Review: Puzle Japonés, No 6
Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: Jonathan and Darlene Edwards - I Am Woman
Publisher: Ediciones Pléyades
Price: 1,60€ (Argentina, $2.00)
Frequency: Monthly

Breakdown of contents:

Puzzle Name in Magazine Translation
Pic-a-PixPuzle JaponésJapanese Puzzle
Link-a-PixDibujo con Caminos Drawing with Paths
Fill-a-PixCuenta y SombreaCount and Shade
Maze-a-Pix LaberintoLabyrinth

Puzle Japonés is the first magazine in Spanish devoted to Conceptis picture-forming puzzles. I initially bought a subscription because I speak Spanish. I don't know if I'll keep it past the first year (purely because I have too many magazines as it is), but in general, if you want a Spanish language magazine for friends or family that contain these kinds of puzzles, then it's a good magazine to have.

The first few pages of puzzles and the last two are color puzzles, with the rest being black and white alternating in type throughout the magazine. I actually like this practice. For me, it's fun to finish a small Fill-a-Pix puzzle, then look to the right-hand page and have a different puzzle type to try. The mental shifting of gears is fun for me.

There are a couple of down sides to the magazine, though. First, the paper quality is a bit rough. I initially started off using a mechanical pencil with HB lead but found that created graphite dust on the paper and smeared very, very easily. I switched to H lead and that seemed to work better. I wouldn't go much higher than H, though, because you could easily tear or poke through the paper. Second, the puzzles do not have their corresponding numbers printed beneath them. This isn't an issue for anything other than Fill-a-Pix. However, if you don't want to tackle an advanced logic puzzle, you won't know that's what you have until you're halfway through it.

The instructions at the front of the magazine are a tad short, and cover the bare minimum of how to solve. This isn't a problem for me, obviously, but if you are buying a subscription as a gift for someone who is new to these puzzles, you might need to coach them a little bit.

Like most of the magazines from the UK, France and the Netherlands, the puzzle titles will give away the final picture a little bit. Some are blunt, such as the Pic-a-Pix labelled "Fresa" (strawberry), and a few others are more obscure, such as the Pic-a-Pix labelled "¡Me Rindo!" (I give up!).

All in all, a pretty good magazine.
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Aug. 27th, 2005 @ 04:59 pm Puzzle Websites
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Here is the beginning of what I hope will become a huge resource post of loads of puzzle websites. This entry will be updated frequently and please comment with any sites you think should be added.

Click on the link to see where to feed your puzzle addiction.

More puzzles hereCollapse )
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Aug. 24th, 2005 @ 01:11 pm Opinions on Suduko?
Current Mood: pensivepensive
I was just wondering about the national Suduko craze underway--I saw an endcap display at Barnes and Noble with at least seven different Suduko puzzle books and the puzzle is being hyped all week in the local newspaper as they roll it out next week. I like the puzzles, but they seem very dry. On the other hand, I like what Conceptis is doing with the patterns in the four free ones offered now. Thoughts?
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Beyond Good and Evil's Jade
Jun. 5th, 2005 @ 02:23 am (no subject)

Hi all, I need your help. I’ve been trying to think of ways to make this community really interesting and active (instead of sleeping!) and would like your opinions.

I’ve got some ideas but would also like to hear yours.

I want to make a part of this community into a sort of resource place for puzzlers, whether they are members or not.

What I want to know is if you think it would be useful to have the following:

  • Tutorials for different puzzle types or links to tutorials.
  • A list of puzzle websites (i.e. ones that have puzzles to play online or print off).
  • A list of downloadable puzzle programs.
  • A list of suppliers of puzzle magazines.
  • Reviews of magazines, programs and websites.
  • A list of useful materials for puzzling (i.e. erasable marker pens) and where to get them.
  • A list of shops that sell puzzle magazines.

That’s about all I’ve thought of but let me know if you have any other ideas for the community and your opinions on those ideas.

Thanks muchly.


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May. 24th, 2005 @ 09:34 pm Free gift!
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
A freebie for all you lovely people. I decided to computerise this weeks t-shirt fap puzzle and thought i'd share it with everyone else.

Right click on the link below and save the file. It should work straight away in PicPuz
This weeks puzzle computerised!
Please share it around and encourage other people to join the community!

I'm kinda working on computerising last weeks LAP because i liked the colours but its a lot more headache causing and taking loads longer.

Happy Puzzling!
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